F1 champion Lewis Hamilton: My goal was never to reach Schumacher


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As Lewis Hamilton goes through the motions of telling everyone how he’s still focused on the 2018 Formula 1 season — even though he’s already clinched the championship — it’s hard for the four-time champion not to think about Michael Schumacher’s record seven championships.

 

 

“My thought process when I started racing was to make it into F1,” Hamilton says. “Once in F1 the goal was to win the championship. After winning the first title, I was thankful for what I had, because most drivers don’t ever make it to a title win. After winning the second, I had the same thought of being thankful. Then I had the third and now I have the fourth — and still have the same thought process.”

 

Hamilton won his fourth title at the age of 32. Coincidentally, Schumacher also won his fourth title at age 32. Schumacher’s fourth came as the second title in a five-year run of championships that ended with his seventh title in 2004 when Schumacher was 35.

 

Hamilton has won three of the last four season championships. The fourth title put Hamilton in a three-way tie for third place, all time, in F1 titles along with Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost. Juan Manuel Fangio is the next target with five titles.

 

“I believe I can win more championships, and if I have the car it should be possible,” Hamilton said ahead of this weekend’s F1 Brazilian Grand Prix. “But my goal never was to reach Michael (Schumacher). I wanted to match Ayrton (Senna, who had three), but now I am beyond that and now the dreams could expand into an area I was never planning.”

 










Mike Pryson



Mike Pryson



– Mike Pryson covered auto racing for the Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot and M-Live Media Group from 1991 until joining Autoweek as online motorsports editor In 2012. Promoted to motorsports editor in 2015.

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